An old method for weed suppression in orchards

An old method for weed suppression in orchards

A reply to a post in another community reminded me of a time-honored practice in Southern Appalachia. My cousin and good friend Duck first brought it to my attention. In spring, weeds are removed from under the trees in apple orchards, then field or cowpeas are planted among the trees to suppress weeds and fix nitrogen. The mature peas are harvested and eaten before the vines are cut and left in the orchard as compost that is worked into the ground the following spring. My friends and I are experimenting with this method in order to avoid herbicides and improve the fertility of the local clay soil.
Ok time for a laugh at harvest time.

Ok time for a laugh at harvest time.

Resident bird

Resident bird

mexi-sun bloomage

mexi-sun bloomage

Picked our first cukes today!

Picked our first cukes today!

Plant ID!

Plant ID!

Cosmos

Cosmos